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The fall of Communism has been an epoch-making event. The distinguishedcontributors to After the Fall explain to us the meaning ofCommunism's meteoric trajectory - and explore the rational grounds forsocialist endeavour and commitment in a world which remains dangerousand divided.
The contributors include the Italian political philosopher NorbertaBobbio, the British historian Eric Hobsbawm, the French economist AndreGorz, and the German social theorist Jurgen Habermas. EduardoGaleano explains how the world now looks from the South, Diane Elsonexplores how the market might be socialized. Ralph Miliband writes onthe harshness of Leninism. Hans Magnus Enzensberger argues that thecapitalist 'bad fairy' granted the Left's wishes in disconcerting ways. LynneSegal looking at the condition of women sees no reason to abandon herlibertarian, feminist and socialist convictions, while Maxine Molyneuxconsiders the implications for women of the fall of Communism. GiovanniArrighi asks whether Marxism understood the 'American Century', FredricJameson pursues a conversation on the new world order. Ivan Szelemyiexplains who will be the new rulers in Eastern Europe. and RobinBlackburn reflects on the history of socialist programmes. with the benefitof hindsight. Fred Halliday and Edward Thompson disagree about howCommunism ended but share worries about what is in store for the postCommunistcountries. Alexander Cockburn regrets the death of the SovietUnion. And Goran Therborn eloquently proves that it is still possible toimagine a future beyond capitalism . .. and beyond socialism?